NFA items fall under the category of Title II weapons and are regulated by the National Firearms Act (NFA) Branch of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. They are recorded and maintained in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Records (NFRTR), and are for sale to government and law enforcement agencies, qualified individuals and approved legal entities.
- GOVERNMENT and LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY -
To purchase NFA items, an agency must fill out an Application for Tax-Exempt Transfer and Registration of Firearm - ATF Form 5 (5320.5) and submit it to ATF Online with eForms to begin NFA approval. When the Form 5 is approved by NFA, the items will be drop shipped directly to the agency from the manufacturer or distributor. Before making a purchase, any agency that wants to get hands on experience through a test and evaluation session which will help match the correct item(s) to their specific needs can contact us with a request for an on-site demonstration and also for references.
- QUALIFIED INDIVIDUAL -
For a qualified individual to purchase NFA items, they must first meet all Federal, State, and local laws. Then fill out an Application for Tax-Paid Transfer and Registration of Firearm - ATF Form 4 (5320.4) which requires a recent 2" x 2" frontal view recent photograph (two are required if mailing the paperwork), and a signature from the individuals' chief law enforcement officer. Click Here to see what law enforcement signatures are acceptable to ATF. Also required is a completed FBI (FD-258) fingerprint card (two are required if mailing the paperwork), a Certification of Compliance with 18 U.S.C. 922 (ATF Form 5330.20), and a check or money order for the appropriate one-time tax of $200.00 (or $5.00 if the firearm is classified as "Any Other Weapon") made payable to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives if mailing the paperwork, or to ETS when using eForms and transferring or buying from us. To begin the approval process, the completed ATF Form 4 along with all of the attachments can be mailed to NFA at the Atlanta address, or uploaded to ATF Online using eForms. Only after the Form 4 is approved by NFA and the transferee completes a Firearms Transaction Record Part I - Over-the-Counter - ATF 4473 (5300.9), can the item be legally transferred to the buyer for possession.
- LEGAL ENTITY -
Another way to legally purchase NFA items is to form an entity such as a trust, an LLC or corporation. The required ATF Form 4 (5320.4) is prepared almost the same way as the qualified individual method mentioned above, except the 2" x 2" frontal view recent photograph and the signature from the individuals' chief law enforcement officer is omitted. The FBI (FD-258) fingerprint card and Certification of Compliance with 18 U.S.C. 922 (ATF Form 5330.20) are also not required. The other difference is along with submitting your completed ATF Form 4 (5320.4) to NFA for approval, you will also need to include your legal entity documents as well. If anyone is interested in pursuing this route and forming an entity to purchase NFA items, ETS recommends they consult with a lawyer who is experienced in creating either a trust, an LLC or corporation and preferably an attorney who has knowledge of the NFA Federal firearms laws.
ETS does not distribute any trust, LLC or corporate documents either directly or indirectly. ETS cannot provide legal advice or suggestions on how to fill out any documents associated in forming an entity such as a trust, an LLC or corporation and can only assist with the ATF Form 4 (5320.4) and all other ATF forms. ETS follows all Federal and State regulations as it pertains to the firearms business, and we assume no liability what so ever in the event that an entity such as a trust, an LLC or corporation is formed for the purpose of legally purchasing NFA items through us and the entity at any time is determined to be invalid and/or legally insufficient.